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Speakers

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Sebastian Payne is the Director of Onward.
Neil O’Brien MP is the Parliamentary Under Secretary of State at the Department of Health and Social Care, and previously co-founded Onward in 2018.
Gillian Keegan MP was a member of Onward’s Advisory Board and is now the Secretary of State at the Department for Education.
Eddie Hughes MP was a member of Onward’s Advisory Board and now serves as Parliamentary Under Secretary of State at the Department for Levelling Up, Housing and Communities.
Kemi Badenoch MP is Minister of State at the Department for Levelling Up, Housing and Communities and a former Member of Onward’s Advisory Board.
Sir Mick Davis the Chairman of MacSteel and the former Chief Executive and Treasurer of the Conservative Party.
Will Tanner is the Former Director of Onward. He is now Deputy Chief of Staff in Number 10 Downing St.
Adam Hawksbee is the Deputy Director of Onward.
Will Holloway is Special Adviser to Rt Hon Anne-Marie Trevelyan MP at the Department for International Trade. Prior to this he was Onward’s Deputy Director. 
Jack Kelly was Onward’s Head of Communications from February – November 2022.
Katie Fairclough was Finance Director at Onward, overseeing all of Onward’s partnerships and fundraising.
James Blagden leads Onward’s Future Politics research programme and is also Chief Data Analyst, working across our research.
Ed led our Getting to Zero research programme.
Matt leads our programme on making the UK a science superpower.
Allan Nixon is Head of Science and Technology at Onward.
Luke Stanley was a Senior Researcher at Onward and led the Social Fabric programme.
Jack Richardson is the Head of Energy and Climate at Onward, leading the Getting to Zero research programme.
Ellie is Head of Communications.
Francesca was a Senior Researcher at Onward, working primarily on levelling up.
Fjolla Krasniqi led Onward’s Social Fabric programme and now works for FTI Consulting.
Maria Priestley was a Senior Research working on our Science Superpower research programme.
Alex Luke is a Senior Researcher at Onward, focusing on the Getting to Zero programme.
Jenevieve is a Senior Researcher at Onward, working primarily on the Levelling Up programme.
Minette Batters is the President of NFU
Craig Elder is a Founding Partner of Edmonds Elder, and is a member of Onward’s advisory board
Richard Harrington was the MP for Watford and was the Minister for Business and Industry
Seema Kennedy OBE is a member of Onward’s Advisory Board
John Lamont is the Parliamentary Under Secretary of State in the Scotland Office and Member of Parliament for Berwickshire, Roxburgh and Selkirk
Anthony Browne is the MP for South Cambridgeshire
Anna is a Senior Researcher in the Science and Technology team.
David Meller CBE is the Chairman of the Meller Group, member of the Board of Directors for Onward
Nick Faith is the Director and Co-Founder of WPI Strategy
Sian Hansen is Chief Operating Officer at C|T Group. She was previously Associate Director of Onward.
Guy Miscampbell was a Senior Research Fellow with Onward, and is now an Associate Director at Hanbury Strategy
Jessica Hopwood was an intern, and later a researcher at Onward, and now works at the Department of Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy
Chris Philp MP is Parliamentary Under Secretary of State at the Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport and was previously a Member of Onward’s Advisory Board.
Claire Coutinho is the Parliamentary Under Secretary of State in the Department for Education and the MP for East Surrey.
Anastasia is a Senior Researcher in the Science and Technology team
Lord Gus O’Donnell served under three Prime Ministers and was Permanent Secretary to the Treasury under the Brown chancellorship
Gavin Rice is the Project Director for Onward’s Future of Conservatism project.
Hubert Keller is the Senior Managing Partner of Lombard Odier Group
Dr Rhian Mari-Thomas is the Chief Executive of the Green Finance Institute
Guy Opperman MP is the Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Pensions and Financial Inclusion, and is the MP for Hexham
Harriet Baldwin is the MP for West Worcestershire
Baroness Barran is the Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Civil Society, Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport
Danny Kruger is the MP for Devizes
Jessica Oghenegweke is the Commissioner of the Social Mobility Commission
Mark Gifford is the CEO of NCS
Lord Grimstone of Boscobel Kt is the Minister of State at the Department of International Trade and the Department for Business, Energy & Industrial Strategy
Jonathan Branton leads the Government and Public Sector Group at DWF
Dr Ben Caldecott is the Director of the Oxford Sustainable Finance Programme, and a member of the getting to zero steering group
Alan Haywood is the Head of ESG at BP
Gary Neville is a football pundit at Sky Sports
Alison McGovern is Member of Parliament for Wirral South
Lord Mervyn King of Lothbury is a Member of the Economic Affairs Committee in the House of Lords
Jo Gideon is the MP for Stoke-on-Trent Central
Andrew Lewer is MP for Northampton South
Nickie Aiken is the Member of Parliament for Cities of London and Westminster
James was Onward’s Events and Campaigns Manager until December 2022.
Bim Afolami is the MP for Hitchin and Harpenden
Ben Houchen is the Mayor of Tees Valley
Virginia Crosbie is Member of Parliament for for Ynys Môn.
Dr Caroline Johnson is the MP for Sleaford and North Hykeham
Helen Pidd is an Editor for The Guardian
Sir Richard Leese is the Leader of Manchester City Council
Philip Broadhead is the Councillor for Talbot and Branksome Woods, and Deputy Leader for the new BCP Council.
Andy Street CBE is Mayor of the West Midlands, and former Managing Director of John Lewis
Dr Russ Tucker is the co-founder and Chief Technical Officer of Ivy Farm Technologies
Victoria Prentis is MP for Banbury and Attorney General.
Polly Neate is Chief Executive at Shelter
Vidhya is the founding Chief Executive of Power to Change, with extensive policy experience
Alison Jones is the Development Manager at the Little Hulton Big Local
Paul Scully MP is the Parliamentary Under Secretary of State in the Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, and Minister for London
Tracy Vegro is Executive Director of Strategy and Innovation at the Solicitors Regulation Authority
Natasha Clark is a political correspondent for The Sun
John Glen MP is the Chief Secretary to the Treasury and MP for Salisbury.
George Freeman is the MP for Mid Norfolk and the Minister for Science, Research and Innovation
Maggie Throup MP is the Minister for Prevention, Public Health and Primary Care.
Katherine Fletcher is the MP for South Ribble
Dr Séamus O’Neill is the CEO of the Northern Health Science Alliance.
Dr Kath Mckay is the MD at Bruntwood SciTech, Alderley Park
Andrew Bowie is Member of Parliament for West Aberdeenshire and Kincardine, and Vice Chairman of the Conservative Party
Jonathan Gullis is the MP for Stoke-on-Trent North
Chris Tambini is the Head of Strategic Finance at Leicestershire County Council
Secretary of State for International Trade, and President of the Board of Trade since 2021
Adrian Letts is the CEO of OVO’s retail energy business.